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November 17, 2005
In Reply Refer To:
9310, 9210, 9100, 8300, 8100, 6100, 4700, 1290 (WO-360) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-040
Expires: 09/30/2007
To:                  All State and Center Directors
From:              Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection

Subject:          Adoption of the International Building Code (IBC) as the Minimum Bureau   Building Code Standard                                                                          

Program Area:  Facilities Management, Engineering, Real Property, Recreation, Cultural Resources, National Landscape Conservation System, Wild Horse and Burro, Fire and Aviation, and Communications.                                                                                        
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum is to notify the State/Field Offices and Centers that the Bureau is adopting the International Building Code (IBC) as the minimum building standard for all BLM assets.
Internationally, code officials recognized the need for a modern, up-to-date building code addressing the design and installation of buildings and applicable building systems through requirements emphasizing performance.  The International Building Code (IBC) is designed to meet these needs through model code regulations that safeguard the public health and safety in all communities, large and small; a goal shared by the BLM.
This comprehensive building code establishes minimum regulations for building systems using prescriptive and performance related provisions.  It is founded on broad based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs.  Additionally, the IBC is designed to be compatible with the entire family of international codes published by the International Code Council.  The IBC is evolving into the international standard for all agencies and consistency among all bureau offices and industry will help in the development of new projects across the board.
Policy: The BLM will use IBC as a minimum standard when planning, designing or constructing new projects. Adopting universal standards bureauwide helps to establish business practices that will ultimately achieve cost savings through reduced research, planning, and project development time.  The BLM should still use other codes and regulations followed locally, as appropriate; however the IBC will be used as the minimum standard for all new work.  
Timeframe: It is requested that each State Engineer submit to WO-360 the number of copies of the IBC their State will need to perform the necessary planning for their construction projects. Requests should be submitted electronically to David_Campbell@blm.gov with a copy to bob_hart@blm.gov.
Budget Impact: This will have a beneficial impact to the budget.  The adoption of a standard code book will save research, planning, and project development time on projects bureauwide. The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Interior (DOI) are increasingly interested in ensuring that Bureau investments are well planned, managed and meet the Bureau mission.
Background:  The BLM has previously been directed to follow the Department of the Interior (DOI) guidance on the Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process.  The CPIC process is designed to ensure construction projects are compatible with the Bureau mission and are cost effective.  The CPIC process was developed by the Department as a blueprint to be followed by each Bureau.  The Washington Office, Engineering Advisory Team (EAT) and the National Science and Technology Center (NSTC) are working together in supporting the CPIC process by ensuring that projects are planned and executed to maximum efficiency.  The adoption of the International Building Code as the BLM standard will have a positive impact when planning new projects.  
Manual/Handbook Affected:  Manual/Handbooks will be amended to reference IBC standards.
Coordination:  National Science and Technology Center, WO-360 and the Engineering Advisory Team all reviewed and approved using IBC as the BLM standard.
Contact: Each State/Field Office will be notified within 30-days of receipt of the request as to the number of manuals that will be sent to your respective State.  If you have any questions, please contact David Campbell at (202) 557-3568 or Robert Hart at
(303) 987-6864.
Signed by:                                                   
Authenticated by:
Bob Anderson                                                       
Robert M. Williams
Acting Assistant Director                              
Policy and Records Group,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection

Last updated: 10-21-2009